SANDF denies report of 16 000 job cuts

2016-12-11 12:59
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Cape Town – The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has denied a report that it will cut 16 000 jobs.

The Sunday Times reported that the SANDF was forced to start with retrenchments following Finance Minister Pravin Gordan's announcement in February that the wage bill would apparently be decreased by at least R25 billion over the next three years.

It reported that up to 16 000 SANDF personnel faced retrenchment.

However, on Sunday SANDF spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini denied that mass retrenchments would be carried out. 

"Whether the budget is cut or not there will be no retrenchments in the National Defence Force," Dlamini told News 24. 

"The defence force is not plannning to discharge 16 000 soldiers." 

In Gordan's budget speech in February he said that the force's "expenditure ceiling" would be cut by R25 billion by curtailing personnel spending.

But no mention made that the wage bill would be decreased. 

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